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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) (2004)

Anthony Newley , Mackenzie Astin , Rod Amateau  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Newley, Mackenzie Astin, Phil Fondacaro, Katie Barberi, Ron MacLachlan
  • Directors: Rod Amateau
  • Writers: Rod Amateau, Linda Palmer, John Pound
  • Producers: John Strong, Linda Palmer, Michael Lloyd, Michael Rosenblatt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00094ARVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)" on IMDb

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"Vile, smelly, rude, ugly" (Variety)your favorite grime bandits come to life with all thefarts, snot and vomit you can take in this hilarious cult classic full of "gross-out humor" (TheNew York Times). Based on the wildly popular and irreverent trading cards, The Garbage PailKidsÂ(r) Movie stars Mackenzie Astin ("The Facts of Life") as a perfectly nice teenagerwho discovers the Kids...to his disgust! When Dodger (Astin) accidentally releases the Kids from their magical trash can prison, all smell breaks loose. Despite their offensive personal habitsand attitude problemsDodger soon becomes fond of the Kids. But when Messy Tessie, Foul Phil, Valerie Vomit and the whole misfit crew join his fight against thuggish bullies, their efforts just might land them behind bars at the State Home for the Ugly!

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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful July 27, 2005
By NJ
Format:DVD
I really can't recommend this film enough to those of you who enjoy beautifully written, meticulously acted and stunningly visual films. The animatronics took my breath away as did the rewarding and at times challenging script. Valerie Vomit's own sub-plot is heart wrenching to say the least, as she struggles with her nauseous disposition only to overcome her weakness in the penultimate scene which was a real bittersweet moment of elation and regret. We follow these characters as they progress from prisoners to free citizens and I think this is the most satisfying of heroic transformations I have ever witnessed on film. Buy this movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Take a cue from the Nostalgia Critic October 5, 2011
By Brian R
Format:DVD
How do I describe this movie? Awful! It's ugly, pointless, unfunny, plotless, and just generally terrible. Watch the Nostalgia Ciritic review to get a good idea of it. Just what makes it so bad? Pedophilia, peeing pants jokes, the characters having no redeeming qualities, and having a bare minimum of plot, if you could call it that. Only watch it if you absolutely need to.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Cant Believe They Made This For Kids September 12, 2005
Format:DVD
I recently rented this movie from a non-franchised video rental place that specialised in hard to find films. Movies like this are often unintentionally funny. While this movie made me laugh, it also left me thinking "This was a really weird movie to market at little kids."

From one of the early shots of a kid's wiggling toes that are about to be eaten by a dwarf alligator, you know your in for a weird ride.

The plot is this: Theres a kid who hangs around an antique shop. The shop is owned by a magician who keeps the Garbage Pail Kids in his store in a garbage pail. The kid is always getting chased and beaten up by these bullies. One of the bullies is actually named "Juice." THATS HIS REAL NAME! Anyways, this kid ends up falling for this marginally attractive girl with poodle-frizz hair who is sort of Juice's kept woman. The kid uses the Garbage Pail Kids to create clothes for this girl who's also a fashion designer. Then when the clothes take off she tries to swindle him out of his rights to the clothes. With the help of the Garbage Pail Kids and a motorcycle gang, the kid wins in the end. Tangerine (the girl) apologizes but boy tells her "I just don't find you pretty anymore." Maybe its the big hair or the unitard, but it's rather hard to see her as attractive in the first place.

The weird thing is that this movie's just too out there for some 8 year old kid to watch - its not that theres any R-Rated stuff in there, but theres just this really, really creepy vibe between the lines of the story.

Not surprisingly, this movie was a colossal failure. It came out in 1987, and if my memory serves me correctly the GPK fad peaked around '86, which already sets this movie out on a bad foot.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Films can come from many inspirations and sources. There are novels, plays, true stories, comic-books, video games and...trading cards? The woefully mis-handled Mars Attacks was based on a brilliant trading card series and it was hardly high art. A lower-lever trading card such as the Garbage Pail Kids is hardly likely to make great cinema. If this sort of thing cannot appeal to you (I have broad tastes and I'm a bit too understanding of flawed films) then don't even bother watching.

I wanted to rent this movie when I was a kid but my grandmother (who always evaluated the videos first) thought it looked quite inappropriate (I subsequently went for Rambo: First Blood Part II, which she thought was more fitting for a 7-year-old). Since it's one and only incarnation on video tape in the late-80s (theatrical prints promptly vanished) this film has been totally non-existant. Luckily (if you like this sort of thing) MGM bought the rights, found a dusty print and spruced it up to give us a brand new digital incarnation of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. With erm...garbage like this getting a DVD release I must ask where the hell is Bigfoot and Howard the Duck?

Direcor Rodney Amateau (a rather fitting-sounding surname) could have made this an animated movie (eg Care Bears) but no, he actually had the audacity and nerve to attempt it in live action. Note how I said 'attempt' and not 'succeed'.

The animatronics are just horrible. Where is Jim Henson when you need him? So bad is the puppetry that the kids cannot even close their mouths and no one even bothered to lip-sync the dialogue. They are also disgusting beyond reason (as one who is familiar with the trading cards would expect).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Taking out the Garbage November 12, 2009
Format:DVD
"The Garbage Pail Kids Movie" is based on the immensely popular and offensive Cabbage Patch Kids parodies. In the '80s,the Garbage Pail Kids had the forbidden fruit appeal. Parents hated them--kids,of course,collected and enjoyed them. So,they decided to turn a trading card game INTO A MOVIE (this has taken a post-modern form with Yu-Gi-Oh! Grand Championship Season 5 Set ) The Kids will make you literally nauseated,they're that repellent. The lead is played by Mackenzie Astin,whose famous brother Sean,has starred in a far better fantasy series. "Garbage Pail Kids" will make you lose your popcorn. It's that bad. Avoid it for the kids. Avoid it for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids and neighbor kids love this movie
My kids and neighbor kids love this movie. I watched it when I was little and now mine like it as well! Thank you!
Published 9 days ago by danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars good for all ages
This is one my own kids liked watching, so when it was movie night I had my kids and the grandkids watch it together. Read more
Published 14 days ago by satisfied
5.0 out of 5 stars GPK are popular again
Movie was gross just as expected. My kids loved it. Good for kids to see what a movie was pre CGI.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratched
The Movie arrived on time, but is scratched and it won't play through its entirety. We've tried bypassing it, but no luck.
Published 2 months ago by Tabitha Fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars bought
Because im a collector and have a nostalgic feeling for this movie. Not a great movie but my son enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by Rocco La Lumia
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite movie as a kid in the 1980's
I know alot of people hate this movie,but I don't care what others say cause I really love this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sandy carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy
this movie is funny ,crazy,nasty, I mean dirty kids.They get into dirty things,the movie was funny ,but they are different
Published 3 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 80's movies ever
Ignore the fact that all stupid "movie critics" gave it 0, regarded as the worst movie ever made, which I personally think is the room by tommy Wiseau (aka Polish tommy). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars garbage pale kids crazy
Me and my kids love the crazy characters. Plus I remember this movie when my sister and I was little girls in the 80s.
Published 4 months ago by nikkiJefferson
4.0 out of 5 stars GPK!
Came fast and the Dvd is in great Condition also a great movie and Defintely a Very Good Price Cover in great condition for being a old move
Published 7 months ago by Stephen Martinez
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